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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

England: London (Humanities)

Semester: Fall 2020

Even years
Upcoming: Fall 2020, Fall 2022

Estimated Dates: Early September - Mid December
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with Humanities Emphasis
Prerequisites: Minimum of 3.0 GPA is required.                                                                        
Housing: Dormitories
Fall 2020 Program Leader: Mark Duntley
Dean of Spiritual Life, 503-768-7082

Program Design

In cooperation with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Lewis & Clark offers this humanities program based in London, England. The program begins with a 10-day excursion to the Scotland Highlands, giving students the chance to start the semester exploring some of the rich history and breathtaking natural landscapes that the UK has to offer. Once the group returns to London, there will be an orientation covering detailed information regarding academics, housing, public transportation, health & safety, and other important topics. Students will also have access to a full week of Welcome events, organized by the Queen Mary Student Union (QMUS). Following orientation, students take humanities courses at QMUL, where they study with local English students. The program also includes local outings associated with the Lewis & Clark course, as well as excursions to sites of interest around England.

A contemporary global city, London is home to almost 9 million people from all over the world. The city holds many cultural treasures, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites, world-famous museums and galleries, such as the National Gallery, and iconic emblems of London, like Big Ben, Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums, comedy, and theater. With a large business and financial industry, and rapidly growing technology sector, some say London’s tech community is growing faster than Silicon Valley! Students on this program have no shortage of opportunities to explore this unique and historic city.

Students will take 12 to 15 semester credits of courses at QM. At least 8 semester credits must be in the humanities. Remaining credits may be in whatever subject students wish, as long as the course has transfer approval from the registrar.

One course (4 credits) course will be a humanities course taught by the faculty program leader.

The program also includes group travel to Scotland and points of interest in England.  Students will live in campus dormitories. 

About the Program Leader: Dean Duntley’s professional interests include spirituality and social justice, interfaith dialogue, biomedical ethics and health care allocation, moral philosophy, the history of Christian ethics, and the role of moral discourse and persuasion in social change.  He has taught graduate school courses in ethics, and undergraduate courses in religious studies and in the core program.  Dean Duntley has traveled to France, England and Scotland and has a special interest in Celtic spirituality and symbolism.  


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement.

Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed. Students may earn up to 19 credits. Overloads are not permitted. 


IS 267 Moral Values in Action: Abolition, Suffrage, and Universal Health Care in England
This course surveys the fascinating development of three central social reform movements in England: the abolition of the slave trade, the right of women to vote, and the establishment of universal access to health care through the National Health Service.  The class will introduce students to the key moral ideas and controversies, and the leading moral visionaries in these movements including William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano, Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcet, Archibald Joseph Cronin, and William Henry Beveridge. Course readings will include biographies, autobiographies, and popular literature, along with the philosophical writings of John Stuart Mill and other important English moral philosophers.  Selected secondary sources from historians will be included, along with documentary films. The course will incorporate the city of London into our examination of these three social reform movements with visits and excursions to relevant historical sites and exhibitions in London such as the Museum of London Docklands, the Euston Road Friends House, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Museum at Greenwich, Millicent Fawcett’s home on Gower Street, Emmeline Pankhurst’s home and gravesite, Buckingham Palace, the British Library, Holloway Prison, the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Wellcome Collection and Medical History Museum, the Hunterian Museum, the National Health Service London office in Westminster, and Old St. Thomas’ Hospital Operating Theatre.  Taught by Mark Duntley.


Additional courses will be chosen from the Queen Mary course offerings at large.  (University Prerequisites apply. Two of the courses must be in the humanities.)  Credit per course may vary – the program leader will assist with planning a full schedule. 


2019-2020 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition, Program Fee, and Health & Wellness Fee): $33,517

Tuition: $26,173

Program Fee: $7,307

Health & Wellness Fee: $37**

Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals. 

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.

**The Health & Wellness Fee supports the operations of Wellness Services staff in delivering pre-program orientation services, as well as in providing health-related consultation regarding participant health needs. All students in the College of Arts and Sciences pay a mandatory fee of $37 per semester.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.  

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to LHR): $800 - $1,500

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,350.50

All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & overseas programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application one year before the start of the program. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to IES and Queen Mary College and will receive a separate notification letter of admission.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to IES. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in London by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the London Heathrow airport (LHR). From there, they will meet with the group and prepare for their 10-day excursion in Scotland.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to the United Kingdom.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s United Kingdom page.

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